Albert Pujols is fifth ever with three 50-double seasons

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With an incredible 18 doubles in his last 33 games, Albert Pujols has made it back to 50 for the first time since 2004 and third time in his career. He got the last off Felix Hernandez in Monday’s victory over the Mariners.

Pujols put himself in exclusive company as just the fifth player ever with three 50-double seasons:

5 – Tris Speaker
3 – Stan Musial, Pujols, Brian Roberts, Paul Waner
2 – Craig Biggio, George Burns, Nomar Garciaparra, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Todd Helton, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, Edgar Martinez, Joe Medwick

Pujols is the only player to achieve three 50-double and 30-homer seasons. While Musial had several 30-homer seasons later in his career and did get to 50 and 30 once, he had just 12 and 16 homers in his first two 50-double seasons. Speaker, Roberts and Waner never hit 20 homers in a season.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.